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CSKA director Babaev explains rejecting Crystal Palace bid for Chalov

CSKA Moscow director general Roman Babaev has revisited Crystal Palace's attempts for Fedor Chalov.

Babaev admits with no replacement lined up, CSKA refused to do business.

He told Sport-Express: "It is for this reason that I said that we do not have absolute satisfaction with the results of the transfer campaign, since the main goal was to acquire a striker. And we were looking for him even before the proposal for Fedor from Crystal Palace came.

"And when the negotiations on Chalov began - we from the first day we made it clear to our colleagues that we did not want to sell this football player through this transfer window."

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